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The summit cairn
After a VERY long drive, I found a great spot to hike up to the top of Indian Peak (el. 9790) from. Imagine my surprise when I finally got to the top to find not only this big cairn, sign and mailbox, but a fenceline that divided the top of the peak in two. Indian Peak is #23 on the Utah top 100 prominence list and a worthy peak in all ways but a fence that divides a mountain? That was unusual. You can see the barb wire in this pic (facing west).
5-25-08

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lcarreauHmmmmm ..

lcarreau

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"Flame-N-Gus?" Haven't got a clue.
Cattle people, maybe?? Sounds like it
could be a brand for cattle.
Posted May 28, 2008 9:47 pm

DeanRe: Hmmmmm ..

Dean

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I think you are right on that guess. Thanks Larry.
Posted May 28, 2008 11:19 pm

Peak9SneekThe Fence

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The Indian Peak Wildlife Management area was actually a reservation for the Indian Peak band of Ute Indians before it was purchased by the State of Utah and turned into a wildlife management area. The fence designates the WMA and keeps livestock (including mustangs which are very prominent in the area) off of the WMA. I worked for the Utah Division of Wildlife through college and maintained that fence. . I've made that summit hike with a roll of wire and fence stretcher on my back four times :) There is also a youth wilderness program that makes the hike with their students, the mail box is filled with letters from those kids telling their stories it's pretty cool. As far as the sign goes I'm not sure, I have heard two stories: one that it was made by wildland fire fighters and the other that it was made by someone in the wilderness program out there.
Posted Sep 21, 2011 12:20 pm

DeanRe: The Fence

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Thanks for sharing your experience with this area and the info about the history. I really am impressed with what is out in the western desert and really appreciate the dedication of those who help protect and preserve it. If you have any pictures to share, that would be a nice addition to my page.
Posted Sep 21, 2011 12:47 pm

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